Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. He would become one of America’s most infamous serial killers. This is the story before that story. Jeff Dahmer (Disney Channel’s Ross Lynch) is an awkward teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. He collects roadkill, fixates on a neighborhood jogger (Vincent Kartheiser, “Mad Men”), and copes with his unstable mother (Anne Heche) and well-intentioned father (Dallas Roberts). He begins to act out at school, and his goofball antics win over a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer Fan Club, headed by Derf Backderf (Alex Wolff, "Patriots Day"). But this camaraderie can’t mask his growing depravity. Approaching graduation, Jeff spirals further out of control, inching ever closer to madness. Marc Meyers’s MY FRIEND DAHMER is the haunting true story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.

Glasgow Film Festival Review

Anyone going expecting to see Dahmer carrying out his brutal killings is going to be disappointed as the story, based on Derf Backderf’s, who was a school friend, critically acclaimed graphic is a story of Dahmer’s youth.

Ross Lynch gives a mesmerising performance as a young Jeffrey Dahmer. Covering the period in Dahmer’s high school years Lynch’s performance is the more unnerving knowing that this strange teenager would ultimately grow up to be one of America most infamous serial killers.

My Friend Dahmer is an interesting rather than entertaining watch and in a world of cinemas filled with superhero movies it’s hard to see where it will find its audience.

My Friend Dahmer might be hard to track down but if you do come across it in your local cinema it’s certainly not without its merits and comes recommended.

My Friend Dahmer (15)

1h 44m

Director: Mark Myers Starring: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolfe, Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheise

UK Release: Friday 1st June 2018

My Friend Dahmer - "Jeffrey Dahmer Fan Club" Clip

My Friend Dahmer - "Jeff's Dad Empties His Shed" Clip